New Graduate Students

Welcome Note from the Dean/ Nóta Fáilte ón Déan

<strong>Welcome Note</strong> from the Dean/
<i><strong>Nóta Fáilte</strong> ón Déan</i>

Please see below for a Welcome Note from our Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Barbara Dooley.  

Tá leagan Gaeilge ar fáil.

Welcome to University College Dublin.

I am delighted that you have chosen UCD as your university of choice to pursue graduate education. Founded in 1854, by John Henry Newman, UCD is Ireland’s largest university.  Today, UCD is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 8,000 graduate students, with almost a quarter of those being graduate research students.

UCD is one of Europe’s leading research intensive universities where undergraduate education, taught masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity. As Ireland’s number one university for research funding, we are at the forefront of global knowledge and research studies that have real societal impact.

Community has always been a distinguishing feature of UCD. You are now part of the UCD graduate community.  Central to our mission and vision is the building of a supportive and inclusive community of students, faculty and staff, alumni and diaspora. As you join this community, you will form lifelong friendships in class and through extra curricular activities, you will develop invaluable networks that will support you throughout your careers. We encourage you to get involved in all that UCD has to offer both academically and socially.

Students are at the core of the University. The capabilities of our graduates underpin our reputation. We actively promote university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery. We aim to give each of you a holistic, student-focused and research-led educational experience; to inculcate in you a lifelong desire to learn and to create, and to instil in you a sense of purpose, a capacity for critical thinking, a desire to make a difference in society and an awareness of the global community in which you will find yourselves.  As you start your journey with us embrace these attributes and take them with you into the classroom and beyond.

Professor Barbara Dooley 

Dean of Graduate Studies

Fáilte go dtí an Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

Tá ríméad orm gur roghnaigh sibh UCD thar aon áit eile chun tabhairt faoin léann iarchéime. In 1854 a bhunaigh John Henry Newman UCD agus is í an ollscoil is mó in Éirinn í. Sa lá atá inniu ann, áirítear UCD ar an aon faoin gcéad de na hinstitiúidí ardoideachais is fearr ar domhan. Is é UCD atá ar thús cadhnaíochta in Éirinn ó thaobh an oideachais iarchéime de agus tá níos mó ná 8,000 mac léinn iarchéime aige, agus beagnach aon cheathrú díobh sin ina mic léinn iarchéime taighde.

Tá UCD ar cheann de na hollscoileanna is fearr san Eoraip ó thaobh an taighde de: idir an oideachas fochéime, na céimeanna máistreachta a mhúintear agus an oiliúint PhD, an taighde, an nuálaíocht agus an rannpháirtíocht sa phobal, bíonn cúrsaí ag síorathrú anseo. Is í UCD an phríomhollscoil in Éirinn i réimse an mhaoinithe taighde agus fágann sé sin go bhfuil muid chun tosaigh san eolas domhanda agus sa léann taighde, léann a mbíonn an-tionchar go deo aige ar an tsochaí.

Bhí an pobal féin i gcroílár UCD riamh, agus tá fós. Tá sibhse anois in bhur mball de phobal iarchéime UCD. Cuid an-tábhachtach dár misean agus dár bhfís is ea pobal tacúil, ionchuimsitheach a thógail, pobal a bhfuil áit ag na mic léinn, an fhoireann teagaisc agus na baill foirne, na hiarmhic léinn agus an diaspóra ann. De réir mar a bheidh sibh ag socrú isteach sa phobal seo, déanfaidh sibh cairdis a mhairfidh ar feadh an tsaoil sa seomra ranga agus trí ghníomhaíochtaí seach-churaclaim agus forbróidh sibh líonraí luachmhara a thacóidh libh le linn bhur saoil ghairmiúil. Molaimid daoibh páirt a ghlacadh i saol UCD, i ngach rud atá ar fáil daoibh, idir ghníomhaíochtaí acadúla agus sóisialta.

Is iad na mic léinn croílár na hOllscoile. Is é cumas ár gcéimithe atá taobh thiar den cháil atá orainn. Deirimid i gcónaí gur aistear é saol na hollscoile, aistear ar a bhforbraíonn an mac léinn go hintleachtúil agus go pearsanta. Is é an cuspóir atá againn eispéireas iomlánaíoch oideachais a thabhairt don uile dhuine agaibh, eispéireas ina ndíreofar ar an mac léinn féin agus a mbeidh faoi threoir an taighde; mian fad saoil a chothú ionaibh chun bheith ag foghlaim agus ag cruthú agus an diongbháilteacht, an cumas smaoineamh go criticiúil, an fonn difríocht a dhéanamh sa tsochaí agus feasacht ar an bpobal domhanda a mbeidh sibh mar chuid de a spreagadh ionaibh. De réir mar a bheidh sibh ag tosú amach ar an aistear seo linn, glacaigí na buanna sin agus beirigí libh iad, isteach sa seomra ranga agus amach sa saol mór ina dhiaidh sin.

An tOllamh Barbara Dooley 

An Déan Staidéir Iarchéime

Getting Started

Getting Started

Wishing you a warm UCD welcome!

We are delighted you are commencing graduate study with us. 
COVID-19 means that some aspects will be a little different to usual this year, but UCD is fully committed to providing the best experience for all our students. We have outlined five initial steps we suggest to begin your graduate experience at UCD.

1. Registration, Fees, Funding & Grants

Registration

  • You will need to register online before you can begin your graduate studies. Registration allows you to obtain your Student Card (Ucard) & gain access to UCD's wide range of facilities  
  • Check key dates to see when online registration opens for your programme
  • View the Guide to Online Registration 
  • Request a Student Ucard via the Ucard website. All students who are starting stage 1 of a Course or Programme at UCD are required to request a new Ucard online  

Fees & Grants

  • A breakdown of your fee obligation is available while registering in the SIS (Student Information System) through your UCD Connect account. To make the process easier you can take advantage of our online payment facility in SISWeb during online registration
  • All students in receipt of the SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) Student Grant Scheme must pay the Student Centre Levy plus any fees not payable under the grant scheme. Further information on the student grant system: www.studentfinance.ie or www.susi.ie

View information, payment details & submit fee-related queries on the UCD Fees website

Funding

2. Support Services

Commuting to UCD

  • The UCD Commuting Guide is a useful reference 
  • The Belfield campus is located 4km from Dublin city centre on the N11
  • UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is located 10km south of Dublin City Centre in Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  • Our campus is easily accessible by car, DART and bus. Note: Due to COVID-19, commuting information is subject to change

IT Services

Your UCD Connect account gives access to unlimited email & Google Drive storage, Google calendar, eLearning resources, software & much more.

Student Desk

The Student Desk is available for any student queries. 

  • A drop-in service is available on campus, subject to COVID-19 restrictions 
  • Contact the Student Desk with your queries via the Connector/Hangouts chat

Students' Union

  • Your SU Graduate Officer for 2020/21 is Carla Gummerson
  • As Graduate Officer, Carla is responsible for providing assistance with issues relating to both your education & welfare. Contact: carla.gummerson@ucdsu.ie

This is only a starting point: view the full range of Student Services  

3. Your School

  • Whether you are undertaking a taught or a research programme, the key academic contacts will be within your School: please engage with your Supervisor (research students) or Programme Coordinator (taught students)
  • Your School may organise induction events: please check with your School Graduate Coordinator or equivalent

Research students: see Guidelines on Working with your Supervisor 

4. Orientation

This may be a year like no other, however UCD remains committed to providing the best experience for all our students. The University will provide Orientation activities, commencing Monday 21st September.
We invite you to participate in UCD's graduate orientation programme: details here
  • Get involved on social media: #helloucd

5. COVID-19 Arrangements

Whilst the UCD community is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus, the health & safety of our students remains paramount. 

  • The University is maintaining a dedicated website with information & guidance for students
  • We have a FAQ specifically for graduate students
  • Current availability of campus amenities & supports is here 

Information is subject to change: please refer to these resources & consult with your School contacts for the most up-to-date information 

Further Resources

Orientation Resources

Orientation Resources for incoming graduate students

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